Soaker Hose Irrigation 

So today I started the long process of building my soaker hose irrigation. I have planned this idea in my head for so many months now. 

I put everything together, well 2 beds, and tested it. Wanted to make sure the joints didn’t leak before I did the rest of the garden.


Im happy with the results. I timed the watering for these two beds. At 30m didn’t quit seem enough. At 1 hour seemed to much. So I will set these at 45m and see how it goes. 

Now I have split the main garden into two zones. So when I finish the rest of the set-up, I will time again. Since water will be traveling through more hose, I might need to adjust the times.

Not sure if I should water twice a day or two. Guess I’ll find out soon enough.

More updates to come tomorrow.

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Garden Update

Garden is growing amazing. I’ve already given so much to friends. I love growing a garden but I need to get better at keeping up on the harvesting so it can stay healthy and grow more.

SWEET POTATO SLIPS PLANTED:


This is the first time I’ve grown my own sweet potato slips to plant in the garden. Actually I’ve never tried to grow sweet potatoes before. I think I may have planted them to close together. We will see how they turn out.

On the sides of the bed I planted herbs and marigolds.

MILK CRATES AS PLANTERS


I love milk crates. I make so many things with them; shoe racks, veggie baskets, storage bins and now I made them into planters.

The girls finally showed some interest in growing plants. I used all my growing space in the garden and I didn’t have space for another raised bed so I had the idea of making my milk crates into planters.

I lined the inside of the crates with landscaping fabric (that water can drain through nicely) and had the girls mix up some soil and fill the crates.

Since it was a little too late to plant seeds we drove to our local greenhouses and the girls picked out some plants. They ended up planting 8 crates with veggies and flowers and 2 wooden planters that were empty and begging to be used.

Yesterday I used a crate to plant peppermint, spearmint and mojito mint.

MAIN GARDEN

Napa cabbage bolting
Planted celery where the napa cabbage was.
Chard & Baby Bok Choy. Pulled out all the chard that went to seed and planted more chard in its place.
Broccoli Rabe and onions
Corn and potatoes
Bush beans, okra and cucumbers
Thinned out the beets and carrots
Edible flowers, pole beans and peas
Yummy peas! I was curious and ate one of the pea plant leaves. They are so tasty I was amazed!
Sweet bell pepper finally are starting some new growth and eggplants are a little bigger.
Collards, onions and dill
Strawberries, lettuce, arugula, spinach
Tomatoes and collards
Sage, kale, thyme, rosemary and basil
So I accidentally over watered the strawberries. The leaves started to brown on the edges. I clipped all the bad leaves and the new leaves are looking better.
Blueberries

STRAW BALE GARDEN

It seems that I must of done this right because everything is growing nicely.

Tomatoes
Flat leaf parsley
Hungarian Wax Hot peppers
Watermelon
Cauliflower
Red cabbage
Green cabbage
Pumpkin
Sugar Bush Acorn Squash
Burgess Buttercup Squash
Zucchini
Crookneck squash
Celery
Spaghetti squash
Marigolds
Cilantro

It’s been a crazy adventure so far. Today and tomorrow I build the soaker hose irrigation system. Wish me luck!

Instant Pot Greek Yogurt Must Have

If you love making Greek yogurt with your instant pot you will love this.

Euro Cuisine GY50 Greek Yogurt Maker 

It only holds 2 quarts of regular yogurt. 8 quart Instant pot will make a gallon of yogurt at once. So I got two, so I can just stack them up on on each other in the fridge. I am so excited to use these on my next batch of homemade yogurt.

If you would like to try to make your own homemade greek yogurt with an instant pot click here.

Harvesting Greens

Lots and lots of them:

Spinach, mustard greens, arugula, kale, lettuce

Lots of beautiful sage

Snow pea

Happy Gardening!!

Garden Update

I apologize for taking so long to update you on the garden. I took some videos this time.

STRAW BALE GARDEN:

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Tomatoes
Tomatoes, Flowers, Hot Peppers, Basil
Cauliflower, Cabbage, Collards, Pumpkin, Acorn Squash, Watermelon, Cilantro, Thyme
Cauliflower, Acorn Squash, Summer Squash, Spaghetti Squash, Celery
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Zuchini

MAIN GARDEN:

 

Beets & Carrots
Sage, Kale, Basil, Thyme & Rosemary
Sweet & Hot Bell Peppers, Eggplant
Cucumbers, Bush Beans, Okra
Lettuce, Arugula, Spinach, Strawberries
Collards & Tomatoes
Edible Flowers, Peas & Pole Beans
Corn & Potatoes
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Red Onions, Broccoli Rabe
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Romain Lettuce, Napa Cabbage, Baby Bok Choy
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Baby Bok Choy
Chard
Eggplant, Sweet Bell Peppers
Collards, Dill & Red Onions

SWEET POTATO SLIPS – STRAWBERRY TOWER:

Sweet Potato Slips
Strawberries the girls harvested this morning.

 

This has been a great adventure this year in the garden! I have been getting so much joy from it.

I hope you all are having just as much fun as I am.

Happy Gardening!